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Olive "Rusty" J. Lange
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Laconia-----Olive “Rusty” J. Lange, 76, of 355 Pleasant Street, died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, September 20, 2009. She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Phillip A. Lange, on June 23, 2009.

Rusty was born December 14, 1932 in Littleton, N.H., the daughter of Elmer M. and Vivian (Nelson) Blodgett.

Rusty lived in Maine, Newfoundland, California and New Mexico prior to Phil’s retirement from the US Air Force and prior to moving back to Laconia in 1971. She was an elementary school teacher for the Laconia School District for thirty-four years, teaching fifth grade at Pleasant Street School for the twenty four years preceding her retirement in 1995.

Rusty was a member of the New Hampshire and Lakes Region Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of the D.A.R., Mary Butler Chapter, and the Daughters of Founders & Patriots of America, enjoying the company and friendship of her fellow members.

After her retirement, Rusty particularly enjoyed the many summers spent in Pittsburg, NH with her family and friends going to yard sales, exploring the back roads and the nightly gatherings around the campfire. She enjoyed her many trips throughout New England visiting with relatives and researching both her and Phil’s genealogy. Her greatest joy was time spent with her granddaughter, Melanie, and the many craft projects, gardening and trips they took.

Rusty is survived by a son, Paul E. Lange, and his wife, Lori, and a granddaughter, Melanie Lange, all of Nottingham, NH; four sisters, Cynthia Welch of Randolph, ME, Elaine Sias of Rumney, NH, Leah Whitney of Plymouth, NH and Paula Gee of Hillsboro, NH as well as many nephews and nieces.

Rusty’s family would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff at Community Health and Hospice for their care and support during her illness.

A calling hour will be held on Friday, September 25, 2009 from 4:00-5:00PM with a Memorial Service immediately following at 5:00PM, in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. Rev. John Davies, Community Health & Hospice Chaplain, will officiate.
Private graveside services will be held at a later date at the family lot in Bayside Cemetery, Laconia, N. H.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Health & Hospice, Inc., 780 North Main Street, Laconia, N. H. 03246 or the Franconia Heritage Museum, PO Box 169, Franconia, N.H. 03580.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. is in charge of the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to

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